Denali Backpacking Guide
Wilderness - A Land Without Trails
Traveling and camping in this expansive terrain is special. You will find the backcountry of Denali is different from what you may encounter in other national parks. There are no trails, designated routes, or backcountry campsites here to guide your wilderness adventure. The goal of the Backcountry Information Center (BIC) is to provide visitors with the means of self-reliance and self-discovery. It encourages hikers to find what appeals to them rather than following specific routes.
Backcountry Unit System
The unit-by-unit descriptions (below) in this backpacking guide will help you prepare in advance and in person for your Denali backpacking adventure.
The six million acres of Denali are divided into 87 separate backcountry units. Forty-one units have a limit on the number of individuals that can camp in each unit per night. During peak summer visitation, many of these units are heavily used, so please come to the Backcountry Desk with several alternative trip itineraries. Don't become discouraged if your first choice is not available. Remember, there are six million acres to choose from, and all units offer excellent wilderness trips.
Note the following information when planning a trek through Denali's backcountry:
Planning Your Denali Backpacking Adventure
Text links to each unit's specific web page are also provided below the map.
Did You Know?
Denali is home to both black bears and grizzly (brown) bears. Black bears inhabit the forested areas of the park, while grizzly bears mainly live on the open tundra. Almost all bears seen by visitors along the Park Road are grizzlies.